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Roland Dopfer
Roland Dopfer was born in Bavaria (Germany). He studied Catholic sacred music at Düsseldorf´s Robert Schumann Academy of Music and received a special distinction for his organ playing as part of his director of church music qualification. Graduate studies in organ and harpsichord performance led him to the Cologne Academy of Music and Dance. His teachers included international organists Nigel Allcoat, Margareta Hürholz, Martha Schuster and Wolfgang Seifen and harpsichordist Gerald Hambitzer. Following Christoph Bossert´s soloists´ class at the Academy of Music in Trossingen, Dopfer took his concert examination on the organ. Further impulses he got with Harald Vogel and Hans Davidsson.


From 2005-2013, Roland Dopfer has been director of music at the Archbishopric of Cologne and was based at the Catholic Basilica and central church of St. Lawrence in Wuppertal. In 2012 and 2013 he was also Professor of Music at the Academy of Music and Dance in Cologne. Since 2013 Dopfer is Professor of Music at the University of the Arts Bremen, where he is teaching the subjects early music organ, historic organ improvisation, ornamentic, basso continuo, organ recital and organ improvisation.


As an organist and harpsichordist he has performed in many countries and gives courses on organ recital and organ improvisation. He has recorded a series of CDs, including at Speyer Cathedral and on the Balearic Islands, and worked on TV productions for ARD, ZDF and WDR (Germany) and IKON (Netherlands).